Feds won't file charges in killing by police

AP News
Posted: Jun 21, 2016 3:28 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will not file charges against three police officers in Pasco, Washington, who shot and killed a mentally ill man last year, sparking weeks of protests.

U.S. Attorney Michael Ormsby said Tuesday there was insufficient evidence that the officers violated the civil rights of 35-year-old Antonio Zambrano-Montes when they fired 17 bullets at him on Feb. 10, 2015.

Zambrano-Montes, an orchard worker from Mexico, was shot as he threw rocks at police at a busy downtown intersection.

An autopsy showed he had meth in his system. He also had a history of mental illness and previous interactions with police

Cellphone video of the shooting went viral and led to weeks of peaceful protests in the city.

Local prosecutors previously cleared officers Adrian Alaniz, Ryan Flanagan, and Adam Wright in the shooting.